Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Review: Machina Air Raider

[Machine/Effect]

ATK/1,500 DEF/2,600

You can discard 1 other “Machina” monster; Special Summon this card from your hand. During your opponent’s turn (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Machine monster you control; Special Summon from your Deck, 1 “Machina” monster with a different name and an equal or lower Level than that monster, and if you do, destroy that targeted monster. You can only use each effect of “Machina Air Raider” once per turn.

Machina Air Raider is a level 8 machine monster with two effects. This machine has 1,500 ATK and 2,600 DEF. It compensates its weak offense with strong effects. Machina Air Raider sets your field for success with its effects.

First Effect:

Machina Air Raider special summons itself from your hand. The effect requires you to discard one Machina monster from your hand. It is a quick method to summon this monster. You have an effective card at level eight on the field.

Furthermore, the effect to special summon a monster is a great ability for a monster. Machina Air Raider does not rely on tributes. You only need to discard a single card instead of sending two monsters from the field to the graveyard for a tribute.

One of the best cards to discard for this effect is Machina Resavenger. This monster has an effect in the graveyard. You may add Machina Resavenger from your graveyard to your hand when your Machina destroys an opponent’s monster by battle. Therefore, you may regain this card after you discard it, and this effect minimizes the cost of Machina Air Raider’s effect.

Second Effect:

Machina Air Raider targets one of your machine monsters and special summons a Machina with a level equal or less than the original monster from your deck. This effect is a useful ability when you need the right monster on the field for the current situation. It is a simple method to special summon a card and activate its effect when you special summon it.

Machina Possesstorage has fantastic synergy with Machina Air Raider’s second effect. Machina Possesstorage special summons a Machina from the graveyard after you special summon it to the field. Therefore, you create a strong combo to special summon two monsters with two effects. This robotic duo create a strong field with three monsters.

Play these monsters with Machina Air Raider.
  • Heavy Mech Support Armor
  • Machina Fortress
  • Machina Possesstorage
  • Machina Resavenger

Support:

Machina Air Raider has good synergy with some monsters, spells, and traps. You are able to create strong combos and fields with these combinations. Machina has a good number of spells for the archetype. These spells support the archetype or machines in general.

For example, Machina Defense Perimeter is a defensive card for Machinas. Machina Air Raider meets the conditions for Machina Defense Perimeter’s effects. The continuous spell card provides protection to your level 6 or lower machine monsters. It also the ability to add a machine monster such as Machina Air Raider from the graveyard to your hand.

Machina Gearframe is another fantastic monster to play alongside Machina Air Raider because Machina Gearframe offers consistency. They have a strong combo to set your field success. Machina Gearframe may add Machina Air Raider from the deck to your hand. Then, you are set to special summon Machina Air Raider with its effect.

Play these spells and traps with Machina Air Raider
  • Limiter Removal
  • Machina Defense Perimeter
  • Machina Gearframe

Rank 8 XYZ Summons:

Machina Air Raider is a great card for XYZ summons of Rank 8 monsters because it is a level 8 monster. Its ability to special summon itself sets up the field. You only need one additional level eight monster for the XYZ summon.

For instance, you may XYZ summon Thunder End Dragon with Machina Air Raider and Machina Cannon as XYZ material. Thunder End Dragon is a useful dragon for clearing the board of all other monsters except itself. Then, you may special summon other monsters after your activate its effect.

Play these XYZ monsters with Machina Air Raider!
  • Thunder End Dragon

Card Rating:

Overall, Machina Air Raider is a great card for consistency and strong combos. You can create many combos with this monster. Machina Air Raider puts you in a position to consistently make strong combos. I recommend playing two to three copies of Machina Air Raider in your deck.

Card Rating: [3.5]

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